MSYS2 Alternatives for Mac

    MSYS2 is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is PowerShell, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to MSYS2 and five of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to MSYS2 are BusyBox (Free, Open Source), Shellngn (Freemium), csshX (Free, Open Source) and RustyBox (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 23, 2020

    1. PowerShell (including Windows PowerShell and PowerShell Core) is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language built on the .NET Framework.
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      PowerShell doesn't provide all tools offered msys2+mingw.
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    2. BusyBox is a single binary that provides several stripped-down Unix tools in a single executable. It runs in a variety of POSIX environments such as Linux, Android, FreeBSD and others. It was specifically created for embedded operating systems with very limited resources.

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      Shellngn is a cloud based SSH client with SFTP and Telnet support. Manage your servers anywhere you are, with a professional and feature-rich SSH and SFTP Client.
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    3. csshX is a tool to allow simultaneous control of multiple SSH sessions. It will attempt to create an SSH session to each remote host in separate windows. A master window will also be created. All keyboard input in the master will be sent to all the slave windows.
    4. RustyBox is a free-range, non-GMO fork of BusyBox written entirely in Rust. It includes all your favorite commands like ls, mount, and top, but without a single line of C code!
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